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Agenda and Minutes -
The 4 Meeting 12/13

Date: 2013/4/26
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: 香港灣仔軒尼詩道15號溫莎公爵社會服務大廈14樓1410室


1. To receive the agenda

2. To confirm the minutes of last meeting (Appendix 1)

3. To discuss “Proposed Framework on Response to Population Policy and Action Plan” (Appendix 2)

4. Any other business

5. Next date of meeting


Present: Mr. Fung Kai-man (Chairperson) - St. James Settlement
Mr. Lee Hing Wai, Bonson(Vice-Chairperson) - Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong
Ms. Chau Ngan Ching - The Salvation Army

Ms. Yeoh Chak Sum - Haven of Hope Christian Service
Ms. Wong Wai Mui, Nancy - Christian Family Service Centre
Mr. Anthony Wong (Secretary) - The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

Apology Mr. Wong Chi Hung - Caritas - Hong Kong
Dr. Fung Kwok Kin - Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University (Co-opted)

Dr. WONG, Odalia M.H. - Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University (Co-opted)

In attendance: Mr. Keith Wong

Ms. Agnes Yang(recorder) - The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
- The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

1. Adoption of the agenda of meeting
The agenda was adopted without amendment.

2. Confirmation of the minutes of last meeting
The minutes of last meeting was tabled and adopted with amendment on the format.

3. To discuss “Proposed Framework on Response to Population Policy and Action Plan”
Mr. Anthony Wong reported the working process on population policy:
1. Policy Bulletin issue 14 was released on March. And the topic is “Reflections on Objectives of Population Development Policy.”(人口發展政策目標的思索) This issue would provide the ground to think about the directions and objectives for formulating population policy for HK.
2. The Chief Executive of the Council would like to form a Cross-Committee Working Group to engage all Specialized Committees to better consolidate and coordinate discussions, views and efforts by different Committees.
3. Two supplementary papers of population Policy delivered to the members for discussing the proposed framework on response to population policy and action plan:
 As the Chief Executive of the Council had been appointed as a member in the government’s Steering Committee. Members thought that it could provide a platform to advocate our concerns on population policy.
 Regarding the Cross-Committee Working Group on population policy, Members all agreed to align all Specialized Committees to work together for engaging the sector to identify some major issue and recommendations. After the deliberation, Ms Yeoh Chak-sum represented this Committee to be one of the members in the Cross-Committee Working Group. And Ms Nancy Wong volunteered to help in case Ms Yeoh not available for any meeting.
 Members brainstormed ideas on the civil engagement in relation to population policy advocacy. They were all concerned on how to engage the public discussion on population policy and involve with other service sectors, in addition to engagement event within the sector which Members agreed to organize.
 Members also discussed what population challenges Hong Kong society would be facing in relation to the social development. Members opined that the population policy could promote social development in the areas of ageing population, workforce, social inclusion and quality living place.
 One member was concerned about the tight schedule for arranging a sector-wide engagement forum in August. On this, the Cross-Committee would try to work out a better time schedule.
 The government’s Steering Committee would be holding two focus groups in May and the chairman agreed to represent the committee to attend this focus group.

4. Any Other Business
Mr. Keith Wong reported the work progress of working Group on Housing Policy. The Working Group on Housing Policy worked very hard in the previous months and would be so in the following months to study 3 areas related to housing of the low income households living in private housing, namely, rental policy, temporary housing, and public housing supply and allocation. And a research was being conducted to assess the market situation of low income household in private rental market. Date collection would be rolled out in June and if data collection could go smooth, some preliminary findings might be available in late July.

5. Date of next meeting
Members suggested preferences for dates of the coming meeting :( 1).July 23, 3pm., (2) July 25, 3pm.
The Secretariat would consult other members’ availability for those dates via email before confirming the schedule for the next meeting. (Post-meeting note: The meeting was subsequently scheduled for 3pm, July 23, 2013)

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30 pm.